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How Daniel Day-Lewis and Billy Baldwin Almost Played Batman

21 December 2009 1:15 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

William Baldwin, who voices Batman in the upcoming animated Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, let an interesting bit of old casting news slip when discussing his new project with Figures.com. "I was one of Joel Schumacher's top choices when Val Kilmer wound up playing Batman," says Baldwin. "Tim Burton and Michael Keaton had left, so Joel had the luxury of replacing Michael Keaton, and he told me that his four choices, which was an eclectic, diverse array, were Daniel Day-Lewis, Ralph Feinnes, Val Kilmer, and me."

I can't imagine many scenarios where "Billy" Baldwin and Daniel Day-Lewis would be up for the same part, but this Batman Forever casting short list sort of blows my mind. I get giddy with the thought of seeing young Ralph Fiennes as debonair Bruce Wayne or Day-Lewis displaying his own brand of steel-jawed intensity behind the cape and cowl.

Then I »

- John Gholson

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Laying Down the 'Law'

17 December 2009 12:03 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Though 15 years have passed since "L.A. Law" (1986–94) went off the air, Corbin Bernsen says he continues to be typecast as the vacant, philandering Arnie Becker. "In fact, it's assumed that's who I am," insists the 55-year-old Los Angeles–born actor. Until fairly recently, he adds, he was viewed as such a lightweight he couldn't even get a decent agent. "I finally said 'Screw it, I'll do my own thing,' " he says.Bernsen has now turned his talents to helming and starring in his own films. Among these are the horror thriller "Dead Air" and "Donna on Demand," which he also wrote and which pokes fun at his own 1980s celebrity image. Each is a kind of morality tale, he says. More recently, he wrapped "Rust," a faith-based flick he wrote, directed, and stars in; he's looking for distribution."A part of me looks at life from a dismal perspective, »

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The 2009 Terror Film Festival 'Claw' Awards - Winners Announced

13 December 2009 1:23 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

On October 24th, The Terror Film Festival Claw Awards took place at the Ethical Society Building on the famous Rittenhouse Square of Philadelphia.

The 4th season brought in the most astounding talent from all over the USA, as well as, the world. The assemblage of fans, filmmakers, screenwriters, and industry professionals, waited in anticipation, and all bets were on, as the illustrious Claw and the beautiful Princess Horror stood onstage, envelopes in hand, to present the coveted awards.

And the winners are...

Evil Angel - A steamy and heart-pounding story based on the ancient myth of Lilith, the first wife of Adam, who has roamed the Earth for centuries as a sexy and seductive villainous, and proudly holds the title of the world’s first serial killer. Written and directed by the iconoclastic Richard Dutcher of Utah, the film garnered several awards, such as, Best Feature Film, Best Original Music »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Source: TERROR FILM FESTIVAL)

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Sundance 2010 Premieres: Diego Luna, John Wells, Winterbottom, Holofcener

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Tons of Park City alumni are bringing their latest films, but I'm a bit surprised that March-pegged releases of The Weinstein's All Good Things and Focus Features' Greenberg aren't getting a Park City push. Instead, as expected, Sony Pictures Classics will show up and they get to showcase Get Low and A Prophet (Spotlight section) once again, and they'll preem Holofcener's Please Give. Overture will introduce Philip Seymour Hoffman's directing debut (Jack Goes Boating) and Fox Searchlight will preem Duplass Bros.' untitled comedy, which I'm calling Center of Attention - because its a great title considering the subject matter. - With the biggie announcements in the Premieres sections, I think I'm officially batting .300 with my predictions. Tons of Park City alumni are bringing their latest films, but I'm a bit surprised that March-pegged releases of The Weinstein's All Good Things and Focus Features' Greenberg aren't getting a Park City push. »

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1st Look: Joel Schumacher's Twelve

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

When Joel Schumacher made Tigerland in 1990, he plotted a future that would include a film such as Twelve - an indie-priced film funded by French money (Gaumont). The pic which resembles The Rules of Attraction and Alpha Dog on the surface, will close this coming edition of Sundance. - When Joel Schumacher made Tigerland in 1990, he plotted a future that would include a film such as Twelve - an indie-priced film funded by French money (Gaumont). The pic which resembles The Rules of Attraction and Alpha Dog on the surface, will close this coming edition of Sundance. Based on the novel by teenage scribe Nick McDonell, its depiction of the freewheeling, decadent lifestyle of Manhattan's young and rich and tells the story of a young drug dealer who watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin's murder, which sees his »

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The Films of Sundance 2010: A Gallery, Part One

9 December 2009 9:30 AM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

Now that the Sundance lineup is fully announced, it's time for films that had previously stayed under the radar to start flooding us with images. Many more will come to light when the Sundance website launches its official program guide soon, but for now, Movieline has scoured the web for stills from some of Sundance's most high-profile projects, including these stills from The Company Men, starring Kevin Costner and Ben Affleck.

Over the next few pages, you'll find pictures from Hesher, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman, the Kristen Stewart stripper drama Welcome to the Rileys, Joel Schumacher's Twelve, and many more. Enjoy! »

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New Stills: Blood Creek

8 December 2009 3:58 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Some new stills crept online today for Joel Schumacher's Blood Creek (review here) to help celebrate the January 19th, 2010 DVD release of the film from Lionsgate. Purcell in bones shackles? Ok. We're there.

From the Press Release

Acclaimed director Joel Schumacher (The Lost Boys, Tigerland) takes the reins of Blood Creek, a tense supernatural horror-thriller concerning two brothers who find themselves at the center of a terrifying occult experiment. In 1936, the Wollners, a German family living in Town Creek, West Virginia, are contacted by the Third Reich to host a visiting scholar. In need of money, they accept Professor Richard Wirth into their home, unaware of the Third Reich's practices in the occult and Wirth's real mission that will keep the family bound for decades to come. After 71 years, in 2007, Evan Marshall's life has stalled at 25 years old when he is left without answers after his older brother Victor's »

- Uncle Creepy

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Five New Images From Schumacher's Sex And Drugs Movie Twelve

8 December 2009 3:25 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

After finishing Nick McDonell.s novel Twelve, it was clear that the story would make for a perfect film adaption. The characters are bleak yet colorful and the book itself unexpectedly compelling. After hearing Chase Crawford was chosen to play the protagonist, White Mike, a drug dealer who never partakes in his own supply, I was skeptical that director Joel Schumacher would abandon the source material in favor of a star-studded cast. These five new photos (via Slash Film) from Twelve have not only given me newfound hope for Crawford, but the entire production as well. The first image, I believe, is Emily Meade as Jessica, a party girl who becomes addicted to the drug Twelve. The second photo features Billy Magnussen as Claude, a 17-year-old fascinated with obscure weaponry, and his male model pal Tobias (Nico Tortorella). The third photo is our main man, White Mike, and his stash. »

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First Look: Joel Schumacher's Coming-of-Age Drama 'Twelve'

8 December 2009 2:35 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

I know most people shudder at the mere mention of Joel Schumacher's name, but supposedly he's trying something different this time around. Debuting at Sundance in January is Twelve, the newest film directed by Joel Schumacher. Although you probably didn't notice this, we featured the first sales art for Twelve back in May, as there was a huge billboard for it on display in Cannes. The film is set in New York's Upper East Side and is about a young drug dealer who watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin's murder and his best friend's arrest for the crime. It features a cast of young up-and-coming actors. Seen in the photos above are Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin, and Zoë Kravitz. Ellen Barkin and Kiefer Sutherland also star in this. Twelve is based on Nick McDonell's novel of the same name. »

- Alex Billington

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Dominic Purcell's Lovely New Bone Suit

8 December 2009 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Look around on this site, you'll see a bit of babble about Blood Creek , the Joel Schumacher occult film that finds Dominic Purcell and Henry Cavill going up against a supernatural menace hatched by Nazi baddie Michael Fassbender. Today, we've got a batch of new stills to share, click below to see them all ! And, if you missed it, check out the trailer here . »

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Sundance Photo Preview: Joel Schumacher’s Twelve

7 December 2009 12:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

As Sundance Twentyten approaches, we'll be posting mini-previews with photos from some of the films we're looking forward to over the next month and a half. Last week we posted the first photos from Hesher, I Love Sarah Jane director Spencer Susser’s Feature Debut. Today I bring you the first photos from Joel Schumacher's Twelve, which is screening as the Closing Night Film in the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section. From a filmmaker who has given us such diverse films as The Lost Boys, The Phantom of the Opera, Flatliners, A Time To Kill, Batman Forever, Phone Booth and 8mm comes a new drama chronicling of the highs and lows of privileged kids on Manhattan's Upper East Side, in a tale that involves sex, drugs and murder. Written by Jordan Melamed (the director of 2001's Maniac), the story follows a young drug dealer who watches as his high-rolling »

- Peter Sciretta

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First Look: Chace Crawford in Sundance premiere 'Twelve'

5 December 2009 12:12 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Chace Crawford and Emma Roberts are just two of the young stars who fill Joel Schumacher's comeback flick "Twelve" which premieres at next months' 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The scandalous new photos from the drama find some of your favorite pretty actors "pretending" to engage in all sorts of shocking activity including pot smoking and other drug use. Oh, my. Check out the gallery of depravity for yourself, but don't say we didn't warn you. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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First Images from Joel Schumacher’s Twelve

5 December 2009 11:06 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

You can never go wrong making a movie about privileged kids on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.  No matter if the film is good or bad, people love to watch the adventures of rich kids and their problems.  Thankfully, director Joel Schumacher is more than happy to give us our yearly fix, as he is premiering his latest film Twelve at next month’s Sundance Film Festival.

According to IMDb, Twelve is about “a young drug dealer watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin’s murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime.”

Sundance has the synopsis as:

A chronicle of the highs and lows of privileged kids on Manhattan’s Upper East Side involving sex, drugs and murder. The film stars Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, 50 Cent, Zoë Kravitz, Ellen Barkin and Rory Culkin.

While some films at Sundance need »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Sundance Reveals 2010 Non-Competition Slate

4 December 2009 5:24 PM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

On Wednesday the Sundance Film Festival unveiled the films competing in late January 2010.  Yesterday they announced the rest of the line-up of independent films vying for attention for industry types and the curious public.

The entire list of 53 films is below, but here are a few that stood out to me from the premieres alone:

Mumblecore directors the Duplass Brothers, have a new, untitled movie starring an unusually high-profile cast compared to their usual improvisational crew.  John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, and Catherine Keener.  Reilly and Keener are actually in two films at the 2010 festival.

The Company Men, starring Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, Rosemarie DeWitt about corporate downsizing.

Rodrigo Cortes’ Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds as a man buried alive in a coffin.  I’ve read the script and its great.  More on that as soon as I can.

The Runaways, the »

- Jeff Leins

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George Clooney Talks Oscar Contention For 'Batman & Robin'

4 December 2009 9:30 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

From Splash Page: Recently I attended the premiere for “Up in the Air,” and had a conversation with a friend about how amazing it is that “Sexiest Man Alive” regular George Clooney has somehow managed to dodge the vitriol that dudes typically have towards beefcake leading men. My theory on how he gets away with it? The guy loves to make fun of "Batman & Robin."

Remember when you were a kid, and bullies would pick on kids to feel them out? Some would spaz and just make things worse. Others would laugh at themselves before the bullies got a chance, thereby being in on the joke rather than being the butt of it. And in the years since he played the world's greatest detective in Joel Schumacher’s disastrously awful 1997 superhero film, Clooney has been smart enough to laugh along with the rest of us.

Continue reading George Clooney Explains »

- Larry Carroll

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Topics/Questions/Exercises Of The Week—4 December 2009

4 December 2009 8:47 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Are You Missing The Spout Blog Like I Am?: You really don't know what you've got till it's gone, do you? Regular readers of this column know that is is often—too often, some believe—a repository for its author's snark. And that often the snark was directed at the Spout blog, which stopped posting original content at the end of October. And I find myself sincerely missing it. Not, I repeat, not just because it frequently provided me with snark fodder. But because it was, I only now really understand, one of the few movie websites besides this one that boasted a multiplicity—some would call it a diversity—of voices. Voices which frequently seemed to contradict one another—Karina Longworth's championing of the obscure and artistic would frequently butt heads with, say, Kevin Kelly's fanboyish enthusiasms and near-disdain for actual critical practice. The closest we've got »

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George Clooney Explains Why 'Batman & Robin' Should've Won Him An Oscar

4 December 2009 7:14 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Recently I attended the premiere for “Up in the Air,” and had a conversation with a friend about how amazing it is that “Sexiest Man Alive” regular George Clooney has somehow managed to dodge the vitriol that dudes typically have towards beefcake leading men. My theory on how he gets away with it? The guy loves to make fun of "Batman & Robin."

Remember when you were a kid, and bullies would pick on kids to feel them out? Some would spaz and just make things worse. Others would laugh at themselves before the bullies got a chance, thereby being in on the joke rather than being the butt of it. And in the years since he played the world's greatest detective in Joel Schumacher’s disastrously awful 1997 superhero film, Clooney has been smart enough to laugh along with the rest of us.

Take the red carpet, for example, when I »

- Larry Carroll

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More 2010 Sundance Premieres: The Killer Inside Me, Jack Goes Boating, The Runaways

4 December 2009 5:49 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Another batch of 2010 Sundance films were announced yesterday, including some of the bigger premieres and the Park City at Midnight section, which is where all the genre goodness lies. Once again, some of the highlights include: Jack Goes Boating: An offbeat love story between two working class NYC couple. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and also his directorial debut. The Killer Inside Me: Michael Winterbottom thriller about a homicidal deputy sheriff. Starring Casey Affleck. Nowhere Boy: John Lennon biopic covering his early years. The Runaways: Joan Jett biopic starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. Twelve: Joel Schumacher drama about rich kids in Manhattan, starring Emma Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, and 50 Cent. Splice: Sci-fi thriller about genetic engineering from the director of Cube and starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley. Louis C.K.: Hilarious: Stand up comedy concert film starring Louis C.K.! Countdown to Zero: Documentary on the threat of nuclear war. »

- Sean

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Sundance 2010 Announced Out-of-Competition Lineup

3 December 2009 9:31 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

We are 49 days out and counting down to Sundance 2010.  Yesterday, we unveiled the list of competition films for the upcoming festival.  Today, we have your list of out-of-competition films which include Premieres, Spotlight, New Frontier, and, my personal favorite, Park City at Midnight, which has featured past entries like Black Dynamite, The Descent, and Saw.

Check out next year’s lineup for the out-of-competition films:

Premieres

To showcase the diversity to contemporary independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section offers the latest work from American and international directors as well as world premieres of highly anticipated films. Presented by Entertainment Weekly.

Abel / Mexico, USA (Director: Diego Luna; Screenwriters: Diego Luna and Agusto Mendoza)–A peculiar young boy, blurring reality and fantasy, assumes the responsibilities of a family man in his father’s absence. Cast: Jose Maria Yazpik, Karina Gidi, Carlos Aragon, Christopher Ruiz-Esparza, Gerardo Ruiz-Esparza. World Premiere

Cane Toads: »

- Kirk

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Sundance 2010 Non-Competition Line-Up Looks Strong

3 December 2009 3:30 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Yesterday we got the list for the films playing in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and today we get the rest of the films that will be featured and there are quite a few that make 2010 look much stronger based on pedigree alone than I have seen in quite some time. Variety has a big write-up detailing the categories and more on the festival right here, but I am just going to offer up the titles and let you sort it all out.

The titles already in the RopeofSilicon database are linked.

Premieres

All films are from the United States unless otherwise noted Abel (Mexico-u.S.), the directorial debut of actor Diego Luna, written by Luna and Agusto Mendoza, about a peculiar young boy who, as he blurs reality and fantasy, takes over the responsibilities of a family man in his father's absence. With Jose Maria Yazpik, Karina Gidi, »

- Brad Brevet

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